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  • I'm thinking about birth control, and I want to know my options.
  • I'm on birth control, but I'm having problems with it.

I'm thinking about birth control, and I want to know my options.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on June 02, 2018

  1. Given my age and phase of life, which types of birth control should I consider?
  2. Do I need a doctor's prescription for these forms of birth control?
  3. What are the risks and benefits of birth control hormones found in the pill, patches, or injections?
  4. What are the risks and benefits of IUDs?
  5. How do barrier methods of birth control work? How effective are they?

I'm on birth control, but I'm having problems with it.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on June 02, 2018

  1. Could my problems be related to the type of birth control I use?
  2. What are the most common side effects of my form of birth control?
  3. What other birth control methods might work better for me?
  4. How effective are those birth control methods?
  5. Will any of these birth control methods affect my ability to have children some day?